NPD has today announced that A/S Norske Shell, operator of production license 392, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 6603/5-1 S (Dalsnuten).
The well has been drilled about 50 km northeast of the 6603/12-1 (Gro) gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea, and about 410 km west of Sandnessjøen.
The objective of the well was to prove gas in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks. The well did not encounter the reservoir rock, and was dry.
The production licence was awarded in the 19th licensing round in 2006. 6603/5-1 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 5028 metres below the sea surface and a measured depth of 5214 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in Cromer Knoll group in the Lower Cretaceous. Water depth at the site is 1446 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 6603/5-1 S was drilled using the Aker Barents drilling facility. Det norske oljeselskap ASA has a 10 percent interest in the license.
About Det norske:
Det norske oljeselskap ASA has interests in a total of 72 licenses, with 35 operatorships. Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf both considering number of operatotships and exploration activity. I 2009 the company operated nine exploration wells, and the high activity will continue in 2010. Det norske runs its activities in a safe and responsible manner in close cooperation with the authorities.
Det norske currently employs a staff of 190. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim. The company also has offices in Oslo, Harstad, and Stavanger. Det norske is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (DETNOR).